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Discomfort is often a good thing


During Corporate Storytelling Workshops, participants often tell me they are uncomfortable applying their new skills.

"It's different than what I'm used to"

"I've never done it this way before"

"It makes sense... but I'm struggling with it"

They are usually surprised by my response:

"Good."

Because it means that they're being pushed out of their comfort zone.

Because it means that they have to stretch.

Because it means they are growing.

But it also means that if they are to use these new skills "out in the wild" (i.e. outside the safe training environment) by the end of the workshop they need to become

Comfortable

Confident

Competent

And that's why we want them to practice using their skills three times during the workshop. From my experience, it's that third practice where it all gels. Their flow improves, they aren't struggling with applying a new process, their message is a hell of a lot better than what they've delivered in the past.

If you want to improve, keep stretching.

Stretching. Image courtesy of WIX.

And if you want to improve your message, give me a shout.

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